On the same week they debuted the premier of their fourteenth season by tackling the ridiculous Tiger Woods saga in a hilarious episode aptly titled “Sexual Healing,” the creative minds at South Park gave the world a refresher course regarding how they do things by releasing the previous season on a three-disc DVD and Blu-ray collection.
As we all have witnessed, animated demonstrates that remain on the air for this particular period of time often decline in quality, leaving many fans longing for that creativity and freshness from the show’s original peak of success. Fortunately for fans of South Park Streaming, the show and it’s creators defy the chances and continue to produce solid, well-scripted shows that are just pretty much as good, otherwise much better than the show’s heyday.
South Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season offers nothing new as far as the way the show works, keeping true to the social satirical formula originally created by the two patriarchs of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Essentially, both men take headlines from both pop culture and world news and parody them to express their personal opinions on the matter through four small kids form a tiny Colorado town as well as the herd of oddballs that surround them. The end result is usually crude, offensive and incredibly hilarious.
Some of the events that Parker and Stone tackled in Season Thirteen are definitely the Jonas Brothers and their “purity” rings, piracy in Somalia, the death of both Billy Mays and Michael Jackson, The Dark Knight as well as the Japanese and their obsession with butchering dolphins and whales.
Of course in some cases, Parker and Stone will craft a show not away from a headline but rather out of the pure hatred the two have garnered to get a certain celebrity, thus being the case for your infamous “Fishsticks” episode where the show assumes rapper Kanye West and his rumored massive ego buy ultimately portraying him as being a “gay fish.” The show even comes designed with a parody from the rapper’s hit song “Heartless” with slightly modified lyrics.
And after that of course you will have the episodes which have no hidden messages or celebrity target in any way and instead just give attention to placing among the shows central characters within an absurd situation and crafting the comedy round the chaos that ensues. Much like “Butters’ Bottom Bitch,” an episode where Leopold “Butters” Stotch pays a girl $5 to give him his first kiss and ultimately eventually ends up becoming a pimp.
The positive aspect of Season Thirteen, and many other seasons of South Park in fact, is that even the shows that don’t receive each of the attention and take on the controversial topics still allow you to laugh hysterically because of both Parker and Stone’s immature yet wonderful senses of humor. As is the case with “Pinewood Derby,” an episode where Stan’s father Randy Marsh (possibly my favorite character on the show) works together with the leaders around the world to have earth banned from the universe’s intergalactic community making use of their dishonesty. There is not any real point to the episode whatsoever, but try to sit through it all and not laugh your ass off. I dare you.
And even when an episode’s main plot isn’t performing it for you, there always is apparently a sub-plot that will help you stay consistently chuckling throughout, like Kyle being unable to wrap his head around the truth that Cartman will continue to eat at Chipotle although it can make his rectum bleed. Of course Cartman doesn’t see a problem with this because his mother flkzau his underwear with all the Billy Mays promoted “Chipotlaway” cleaning solution, thus solving the issue.
Purchasing South Park: The Whole Thirteenth Season ought to be a no-brainer for fans in the show as it’s a season among many which contains episodes than can be watched numerous times without getting boring. I mean, seriously, who could easily get sick of hearing Cartman’s toe-tapping rendition of Lady Gaga’s Pok.er Face? Not me.
However, if that’s insufficient for you personally and also you think you’re content with just watching the show on Comedy Central, purchase the DVDs for the mere fact that you receive to watch the episodes with the profanity that Matt Stone and Trey Parker intended. It’s worth the cost of admission alone.